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NELA: Public Impact’s Bryan Hassel on Opportunity Culture

NELA is North Carolina State University's Northeast Leadership Academy. The director is Dr. Bonnie Fusarelli. The goal of the NELA is to increase student achievement by preparing and retaining principals and assistant principals to serve as instructional leaders in rural high-poverty, hard-to-staff, historically low-performing schools. In May, NELA held an event bringing together educators, legislators, and policy experts to think about how to empower teachers and maximize teacher leadership. Part of our goal at EdNC is to bring great events like this one to a larger audience.

A conversation with Bryan Hassel on Opportunity Culture

“Overall pay, overall education spending needs to come up in this state, but in addition to that, if we can get out of this cage of one teacher, one classroom, we can make it possible for teachers to earn even more and for great teachers to earn what they could earn in other professions – and that’s what we need to shoot for.”


Bryan Hassel is co-director of Public Impact.

The facilitators are Kathy Saunders, 2014 NC Teacher of the Year for Region V, and Robyn Fehrman, Executive Director, Teach for American Eastern NC.

Click here for more information on Opportunity Culture.


Tuesday: Teachers leading change

Wednesday: Rick Hess, Cage Busting Teachers

Thursday: Bryan Hassel, Opportunity Culture


Alex Granados

Alex Granados was the senior reporter for EducationNC from December 2014-March 2023.